Practically three years since his final begin, Joey Gase will race within the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence, this time on grime. On Wednesday, Gase introduced he’ll drive the #31 Toyota Tundra TRD Professional for On Level Motorsports at Knoxville Raceway on 18 June.
Gase doesn’t have a lot of a background on grime, having grown up on pavement quick observe racing earlier than getting into NASCAR. Though his 4 profession Truck begins got here in 2018 and 2019 when the collection raced at Eldora Speedway, all of his races got here on 1.5-mile asphalt ovals (save for Talladega 2018 the place he did not qualify). The Xfinity Sequence, the place he has raced since 2011 and co-owns Emerling-Gase Motorsports, doesn’t have a dust observe on the schedule. Gase additionally didn’t run the Cup Sequence’ Bristol Motor Speedway Filth occasion in 2021 nor 2022.
Regardless of his lack of grime expertise, the beginning offers him an opportunity to return to his dwelling state of Iowa; Knoxville is positioned roughly two hours away from Gase’s native Cedar Rapids. Iowa Speedway in Newton was a frequent cease for Gase and the Xfinity Sequence earlier than its removing from the calendar in 2020.
“Ever since Xfinity stopped going to Iowa Speedway, it has been an enormous disappointment to me,” mentioned Gase. “Now because of the Tenting World Truck Sequence, the good individuals at Sparks Power and On Level Motorsports I get to race in entrance of my family and friends once more within the nice state of Iowa.”
The #31 will likely be On Level Motorsports’ first time fielding a second entry. The crew at the moment fields the #30 full-time for Tate Fogleman, who sits twenty-second in factors after ten races. Danny Bohn scored a high ten within the #30 on the inaugural Knoxville event last year.
Gase has made 5 Xfinity begins for EGM in 2022 with a finest end of sixteenth at Talladega; he co-operates the crew alongside Patrick Emerling. All 4 of his Truck begins got here in start-and-park roles as he retired from every one.